Maggie Phoenik, Cribs for Kids’ Program Coordinator, has a smile that lights up the office. Her co-workers describe her as kind, compassionate, glowing and always ready to lend a helping hand. In the two years that Maggie has worked for Cribs for Kids, you can definitely say that she has become an extremely well-rounded employee. Maggie’s love for our mission has shone through in her willingness to lend a hand in any area that she is needed. From helping to plan the National Cribs for Kids Conference to her involvement with marketing initiatives, Maggie is always on board! She is particularly dedicated to her work with our National Public Safety Initiative.
What is the best thing about your job?
There are so many amazing aspects to my job that I honestly cannot just pick one. On top of the fact that I get to work for an organization that exists to help others and that I am lucky enough to work with co-workers who both support me and are fun to be with….I absolutely LOVE sharing with people what my job is here at Cribs for Kids. Any time someone asks me where I work and I get to explain Cribs for Kids and our mission, they are truly blown away. It is always exciting to inform people on infant safe sleep and all that Cribs for Kids does. People are always interested, intrigued and supportive of our cause. Knowing that we are preventing families from experiencing the death of a child by providing them with a safe place for their baby to sleep drives me to support this organization the best I can. I have never experienced the death of a child but my Dad died when I was 15. Any form of grief or the experience of losing a loved one is traumatic. Just knowing that we are educating and supporting families in this preventative way makes me feel proud that we do this work for the good of all.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?
Making waffles or pancakes!
What are some small things that make your day better?
Coffee, putting a facemask on, going on Reddit, talking to my Mom and my brother, looking at memes, pretty sunsets, seeing the moon, people saying thank you when you let them go in traffic.
How do you relax after a hard day at work?
I go to the gym! I love working out after work…I put my beats in, listen to music, get in the zone and enjoy my gym time.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Correct form when lifting weights and various exercises one can do for each body part especially exercises using a cable machine at the gym.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Washington D.C. because there is so much history and knowledge available
What’s the last adventure you went on?
Hiking with my brother in North Park on my birthday
What was the most memorable gift you’ve received?
My brother Stan wrote me a list of meaningful quotes for me for Christmas and it was extremely special and heartfelt.
What have you created that you are most proud of?
Last October I was asked to bake a wedding cake for my Aunt’s wedding. It was my first time baking, building, and decorating a wedding cake. It was a challenging but fun experience and I am proud of how great the cake turned out.
What brand are you most loyal to?
What always cheers you up when you think about it?
Buddy. When I grew up we had a yellow lab named Buddy and she was the sweetest dog ever.
What elements of pop culture will be forever tied in your mind to your childhood?
Any reference whether it be a meme, quote or gif from the show Full House!